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Weekly news roundup: October 24, 2014

Addis Ababa monorail to transform Ethiopian economy. The edifices are in Addis Ababa to prop up Africa’s first light rail system, an arresting sign of Ethiopia’s progress since the dark days of famine and military rule (pdf) in the 1980s. The government hopes the project, funded and built by China, will be running next year. … Continued

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‘Atlas of Cities’ overlooks cities of the south

The overarching theme of this large book is that cities are both alike and revealing of ‘incredible differences.’ The theme is tantalizing and potentially of great intellectual interest but the volume does not seek to develop it beyond the superficial, largely because of its focus on cities of the north.

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